Criminal Justice-COLL | Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence
P300 | 13069 | DeBrota


This course will cover a variety of computer-facilitated or Internet-
related crimes, including: Internet fraud, child exploitation,
obscenity, unlawful intrusions, denial of service attacks, money
laundering, illegal gambling, online threats, terrorism, online
banking fraud, money laundering, infrastructure attacks, theft of
trade secrets, and other offenses. The students will study the
criminal trade craft of these offenses and learn about the types of
persons committing these offenses. The students will be asked to
consider the varying effectiveness of present legal responses to
these offenses.

The course will also cover the present and emerging field of digital
evidence, including the recovery and analysis of such data. Students
will become familiar with the criminal use of the Internet and learn
practical methods of investigating the related offenses. The
students will also gain a working knowledge of some aspects of
computer forensic analysis. All this will be accomplished through
reading assignments, classroom lectures, practical problem solving,
and case studies.

The content of the course will include presentations from several
guest presenters who are actively involved in real-life computer
crime investigations and who have specialized experience and
expertise in these investigations.

The class instructor is presently working as a federal prosecutor
and has over 15 years of experience in the investigation and
prosecution of many different types of cyber crimes. The content of
the course will include the extensive use of real-life examples
derived from actual criminal investigations as a vehicle to
understand the challenges presented by these criminal offenses.

Course topics include:

Internet basics, gathering digital evidence, privacy rights, search
and seizure of digital evidence, social networking, digital
terrorism, online child exploitation, obscenity, money laundering
and online banking, identity theft, auction fraud, computer forensic
analysis, understanding different forms of digital evidence,
analyzing digital evidence, online investigative methods, case
preparation, methods of proof, fast computer forensic triage, and
problems of international law

Class meeting: Thursday, 5:45 - 8:15

Instructor: Steven DeBrota, criminal justice department